CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 32 . . . . April 20, 2012
Salman (don’t pronounce it like the fish) Page is new to Springfalls Junior High. Being that it’s his eleventh school is nine years, he’s used to being alone. Lu Zimmer becomes more than his designated buddy (a friend chosen by a teacher) though after she tries to stop a group of students from labeling him ‘bird boy’. Salman has a connection with crows, Bird in particular, that would mystify anyone watching them together. Salman is a foster child, but his connections with a jealous King and vengeful Queen from a Faery world interfere with the lives of those around him. One person ends up in the hospital while another’s life at school becomes near intolerable. Although the storyline set in the magical land doesn’t contain enough detail to satisfy, the developing friendship between Salman, Lu and Blos draws attention to the author’s ability to create characters readers respect and care about. The ending of the book deals with separation issues when Salman moves away, but the friends are able to remain close thanks to communication that involves the crow and the written word.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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